Rapid Reaction: Montreal 4, Rangers 0

November, 19, 2011
11/19/11
9:40
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What it means: A pair of goals from Brian Gionta helped Montreal power past the Rangers 4-0 and snap the team's seven-game winning streak. Playing in a building that has given them trouble in recent years, the Rangers struggled to sustain any pressure in the offensive zone, failed to match Montreal's speed and played a step behind throughout the game in their second shutout loss of the season.

Bad night at Bell: The Rangers are now 1-5-2 in their last eight games at Bell Centre. They have not won in Montreal since March 17, 2009.

Not much offense: The Rangers mustered little offense against Habs' goaltenderCarey Price forcing him to make only 17 saves to earn his 14th career shutout, second of the season.

Power failure: The Rangers entered Saturday’s game having surrendered only 2 power-play goals in 20 penalty-kill situations over a seven-game span (18-for-20, 90%) but gave up a pair Saturday. Erik Cole put the Canadiens on the board with a power-play goal for his 6th goal of the season 3:45 into play and Montreal tallied a second man-up goal in the third with Tomas Plekanec’s slapshot at 7:05.

Rarely trailing: Cole’s first period goal to give Montreal a 1-0 lead left the Rangers trailing, a rarity during their seven-game winning streak. During that span, the Rangers had trailed for a total of only 42 seconds, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Biron beaten: Backup goaltender Martin Biron, making his first start since a 23-save shutout win over Winnipeg November 6, was handed his first loss of the season. The 34-year-old netminder gave up a questionable goal in the second, when Brian Gionta beat him at the far post with a sharp-angle shot to give the Canadiens a 2-0 lead at 8:12.

Departure on D: Shuffling lines is commonplace for coach John Tortorella, but the team’s defensive pairings have remained pretty consistent through the first 16 games of the season. That changed in the second period, however, as the top two pairs were split up. Tortorella paired Michael Del Zotto with Dan Girardi and shifted Ryan McDonagh to play with Michael Sauer. Steve Eminger was also paired with Girardi for one shift to begin the third.

Rough stuff: Tortorella was not pleased with two suspect roughing calls on the Rangers in the third period -- against Andre Deveaux at 8:16 and Brandon Prust a little more than three minutes later. Montreal had three power-play opportunities in the third.

Up next: Rangers at Panthers, Wednesday November 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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